'X-Men: Apocalypse' casting news: No Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen

Professor X and Magneto in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014)[Photo credit: X-Men Movies]

It seems like after "X-Men: Days of Future Past" turned around the timeline in the "X-Men" cinematic universe, Patrick Stewart's Professor X and Ian McKellen's Magneto will no longer be featured in the sequel, "X-Men: Apocalypse." 

Stewart broke the news about his and McKellen's disappearance in the upcoming movie during a soon-to-be aired interview with CNN's Larry King. When the talk show host asked him if he will be featured in the upcoming sequel, Stewart said that he and McKellen will not be in the movie. 

"I was learning quite a lot more about it last night, and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters. And so I don't think we'll be making an appearance," the British actor said. 

"X-Men" fans are not actually surprised with Stewart's statement since the sequel will allegedly take place during the 1980s. "X-Men: Apocalypse" will feature the cast of 2011's "X-Men: First Class," which are the younger versions of the mutants in the first trilogy. This means that Stewart's role will be played by James McAvoy, while Michael Fassbender will replace McKellen in the upcoming installment in the "X-Men" franchise.  Several "Days of Future Past" actors will also reprise their roles in the film, including Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, as well as the new cast member Oscar Isaac, who will play the title role of Apocalypse. 

However, there might still be a chance that both British thespians will return to the franchise in feature movies, including the stand alone "Gambit" film starring Channing Tatum, "Deadpool" featuring Ryan Reynolds, as well as the rumored "Doctor Strange" film that allegedly stars Benedict Cumberbatch. 

"X-Men: Apocalypse" is scheduled to be released on May 27, 2016 in theaters.